Trade rumors have been rampant. Websites pound out the rumors 24 hours per day. The game of baseball is a game among websites as to who breaks the story. Got to get the scoop first.
Once the 4 o’clock trade deadline passes this afternoon, we’ll know who went where for what. Then, the final two months of the season start on Wednesday. Players can still be moved but waivers must be obtained first. The rumor mill will slow down immensely.
For the third time this season, the Phillies and Nationals hook up in a three-game series. Two more such series remain on the schedule, including the last three games of the regular season in Nationals Park.
Washington has won four of the six games so far. In those four wins, they’ve given up seven runs.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley was nipped by Syracuse, 2-1. RH Jonathan Pettibone, in his AAA debut, allowed 2 runs in 5 innings but was not involved in a decision. LF Domonic Brown had a 6-game hitting streak end.
Reading wasn’t scheduled.
Clearwater bowed, 8-3, to St. Lucie. 1B Chris Duffy, who hit .384 in 60 games at Lakewood, rejoined the Threshers and went 3-3 with 2 RBI.
Lakewood blanked Delmarva, 8-0, behind RHS Colin Kleven (6-7) who allowed only second-inning and seventh-inning singles in 8 innings of work. RH Chris Nichols completed the shutout.
Williamsport lost its fourth straight, 7-4, at Hudson Valley. Crosscutters have lost 10 of their last 12.
Gulf Coast League Phillies beat the Pirates, 5-3. OF Andrew Pullin hit his second homer.
July 31, 1982: 2B Manny Trillo’s major league record for consecutive errorless games ends at 89 when he makes a seventh-inning error in a 2-0 win over Chicago. He also sets a ML record for consecutive errorless chances, 479, during the streak.
July 31, 1994: LHP Steve Carlton is inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
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The euphoria of four last at-bat wins at home last week was wiped out in Atlanta this weekend.
For the fourth time this season, the Phillies have been swept in a three-game weekend series: Blue Jays, Marlins and the Braves twice this month. Atlanta has won six in a row against the Phillies for the first time since 1996-97.
In going 0-12 in those four weekends, the Phillies were outscored 58-23. Nine times, two or fewer runs. Closest the Phillies have come in winning all three over a weekend was taking two of three from the Padres on May 11-13.
It doesn’t get any easier. Starting Tuesday, a three-game series in Nationals Park, home of the best team in the NL. Phenom Strasburg is the next pitcher the Phillies face, 11-4, 151 strikeouts in 117.1 innings.
Trading deadline is 4 p.m. Tuesday. Ruben and his staff have set up a war room is his DC hotel suite. Stay tuned.
Down On The Farm (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley split 4 games. RHS Tyler Cloyd (10-1) won his 6th straight on Friday, 0 runs, 7 innings. LF-RF Domonic Brown was 7-14.
Reading won all 4, including their 4th double header sweep on Saturday. Wins went to RHS Austin Hyatt (5-3), RHS Trevor May (8-8), RHS Julio Rodriguez (6-4) and LHS Maro Hollands (3-5.
Clearwater took 2 of 3 in Jupiter. LHS Adam Morgan (4-9) retired the first 22 hitters on Sunday, then gave up 3 singles and 2 runs, a tough 2-1 loss. He leads the FSL with 133 strikeouts. His 3.05 ERA is second-lowest.
Lakewood went 1-2 against West Virginia. 3B Maikel Franco had a pair of RBI, boosting his season total to 61, tops on the club. He doesn’t turn 20 until August 26.
Williamsport lost all 3 and was outscored 21-5.
Gulf Coast League Phillies split 2 games vs. the Yankees.
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July 30, 1950: RHP Robin Roberts tosses his third consecutive shutout, 10-0, against the Pirates at Shibe Park. Others were 2-0 at Cincinnati on July 22 and 1-0 vs. the Cubs on July 25.
July 30, 1995: With the largest crowd, an estimated 28,000, ever to attend the ceremony, 3B Mike Schmidt and OF Richie Ashburn are inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. Cooperstown was a sea of red for the weekend.
Thanks to all the fans that showed up for the Phillies Phestival Thursday evening. Nearly 7,000 fans were there. Remember the days at the Vet when we were lucky to have a couple of thousand.
A total of $858,000 was raised to help fight ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease. Since we started the even in 1984, the total now has topped $13.5 million. Hopefully someday we’ll find a cure.
After signing autographs, team took a Delta charter flight to Atlanta where they begin a six-game road trip that ends next Thursday in Washington, DC.
In recent years, the Braves and Nationals were chasing the Phillies. That’s flip-flopped this season. Needless to say, it is a key road trip. Phillies are 8-4 since the ASG break.
Phillies are 2-4 vs. the Braves, losing the last three (final three games before the All-Star Game). Washington, owners of he best record in the NL, has a 4-2 edge over the Phillies. After this trip, the Phillies face each team six more times.
With the trade deadline coming up at 4 p.m. on Tuesday (31st). Ruben Amaro Jr., Scott Proefrock, Benny Looper and Mike Ondo boarded the charter flight.
Down On The Farm
Rain washed out home games for Lehigh Valley and Reading. RHP Jonathan Pettibone (Reading) has been moved up to LV. RHP Brody Colvin goes from Clearwater to Reading.
Clearwater lost 7-4, at Jupiter. 1B Jim Murphy, 13th homer, 2 RBI; RF Anthony Hewitt, 12th homer, 2 RBI.
Lakewood lost its fifth in a row, 8-6, at Hagerstown. 1B Chris Duffy, single, double, 11th homer, 5 RBI; hitting .385. CF Miguel Alvarez, 3 doubles, single, 2 RBI.
Williamsport ended a 3-game losing streak, 8-5, at Lowell. SS Roman Quinn, 3 hits, 14th stolen base. RHP Chris Nichols (3-0), second of four pitchers, was the winner. 3rd save for Greg Broussard.
Gulf Coast League Phillies defeated Braves, 14-9. 3 hits each for 1B William Carmona, C Willans Astudillo and 3B Zach Green. Carmona hit his first pro grand slam.
Where is He?
Bob Miller is one of the four players still living from the 1950 Whiz Kids. Paul Hagen has a feature on Bob on www.phillies.com/alumni. Check it out.
July 27, 1950: RF Del Ennis sets a club record by driving in seven runs in two consecutive innings (seventh and eighth) as the Phillies pound Chicago, 13-3, at Shibe Park.
July 25-28, 1951: RHP Robin Roberts (7/25 at St. Louis), LHP Ken Johnson (7/26 at STL), RHP Bubba Church (7/27 at Chicago) and RHP Russ Meyer (7/28 at CHI) set a club record with four consecutive shutouts.
July 27, 1935: 2B Jose “Chile” Gomez, a native of Mexico, becomes the first Hispanic player to appear in a Phillies uniform. He is hitless in four at-bats in a 5-0 win over the Braves in Boston.
July 27, 1966: Pitching classic in Dodger Stadium as Dodgers edge Phillies, 2-1, in 12 innings. Winner LHP Sandy Koufax strikes out 16 in 11 innings while loser RHP Jim Bunning fans 12 in his 11-inning outing.
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For the fourth consecutive game, the Phillies won in their last at-bat, three via the walk-off celebration route. J-Roll delivered a 12th-inning walk-off hit on Sunday, was 1-12 since before delivering a 10th-inning walk-off single on Wednesday.
As Shane said after the game, “This is fun.”
In sweeping three from the Brewers 7-6, 7-6, 7-6, Phillies relievers gave up two runs, both coming Wednesday. Against the Brewers pen, the Phillies scored 13. Milwaukee pitchers walked 17 in the series and eight scored. In the eighth, ninth and 10th innings, the Phillies scored 12 runs.
From Elias Sports Bureau: It was the first time in franchise history that the Phillies won three straight games, all against the same opponent, and all by an identical final score. Philadelphia has won five games by 7-6 scores this season, all at Citizens Bank Park, after winning only one game by that score all of last season (at Rogers Centre on July 1, 2011).
Charlie, his coaches and the players will take part in the annual Phillies Phestival to strike out ALS, Lou Gehrig’s disease on Thursday and then take a Delta charter to Atlanta for a weekend series with the Braves. Cole will be on the mound on Friday, his first start under his new contract.
Phillies announced the six-year deal with Cole at 12 noon. The press conference was live on Phanavision so the fans in the park could witness the record-setting contact. Fans applauded when Ruben made the announcement.
What They Are Saying
“The good news for the Phillies is that they were able to retain one of the premier pitchers in baseball,” Buster Olney, ESPN.com.
“I anything, the new deal sets up the Phillies better for the future,” Danny Knobler CBSSports.com.
“The Phillies have a great recent history of their homegrown stars. Howard, Utley, and Rollins all signed long-term deals,” Jon Heyman, CBSSports.com.
“In the end, this deal is a testament to a player’s love for his adopted city and original team,” Ken Rosenthal, FoxSports.com.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley lost, 3-2, to Norfolk, fifth loss in last 6 games. LHS Tom Cochran (5-4) took the loss, allowing 2 hits and 5 walks in 6 innings, all 3 runs.
Reading beat Altoona, 6-1, behind RHS Jonathan Pettibone (9-7), 1 run, 3 hits, 7 innings. 3B Cody Asche, 2 homers (4-5), 4 RBI. Has hit 4 homers in last 5 games.
Clearwater lost, 9-6, at Dunedin. RF Zach Collier, 3-5, RBI. C Brian Schneider, on rehab, had his second straight 2-hit game.
Lakewood pounded Hagerstown, 10-3. 1B Chris Duffy, 5 hits, including 10th homer. RF Kelly Dugan, double, 9th homer, RBI. RHS Colin Kleven (5-7) won. RHR Kenny Giles, 4 strikeouts, 2 innings, giving him 11 strikeouts in last 5 innings. Kleven leads club with 86 strikeouts; Giles, a reliever, is second with 80.
Williamsport lost its third in a row, 3-1, at Lowell. 1B Cameron Perkins, 3-4, 2 doubles. C Logan Moore, 2-4, after a 2-3 game on Tuesday.
Gulf Coast League Phillies were blanked by the Braves, 2-0. SS Angelo Mora, 2-4, 11th steal.
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INF David Doster (1995, 1999) and his family visited Citizens Bank Park on Wednesday. Tonight, he’s being inducted into the Reading Baseball Hall of Fame before the Reading Phillies game.
Fans are leaving early and missing the excitement. For the third straight game, the Phillies have won in their last at-bat. Tuesday night’s comeback was more improbable than Monday.
Cliff and Greinke were locked in a 1-1 duel through five innings. Then, Cliff was tagged for four home runs in the next 10 batters. Greinke had retired 18 of 19 when he was lifted after seven but leading 3-1.
Down, 6-1, the Phillies scored six times in the eighth, Kratz a two-run pinch homer and a bases-clearing double by Chooch who scored the winning run on a Hunter single.
So, the Phillies have won three in a row at home for only the second time this season. They’ve won a series at home for the first time since June 19-21 vs. Colorado. Since the All-Star break, 7-4, including two extra-inning losses that could have been wins.
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley ended a four-game losing streak with a 4-1 win over Norfolk, getting 8 singles. RH B. J. Rosenberg (5-2) was the winner, 0 runs, 2 hits, 1 walk, 9 strikeouts in 5 innings. 12th save for RH Phillippe Aumont.
Reading lost its sixth in a row, 6-2, to Altoona. C Sebastian Valle hit his 13th homer, his third in his last 8 games.
Clearwater moved into first place in the second half with a 3-1 win over Dunedin, third in a row for the Threshers. DH Brian Schneider, a 2-run double. LH Adam Morgan (4-8) allowed 1 run in 7 innings and fanned a career-high 13. RH Mike Nesseth, 4th save.
Lakewood lost its third in a row, 6-2, at Hagerstown. LF Aaron Altherr, 2-4.
Williamsport lost, 9-3, to Mahoning Valley. 2 hits each for 3B Mitch Walding and C Logan Moore.
Gulf Coast League Phillies lost, 2-1, to the Tigers in a game halted after 5.5 innings. Other game with Detroit was rained out. SS Zach Green, 2-2.
July 25, 1950: Shutouts by RHPs Bubba Church (7-0) and Robin Roberts (1-0) lead the Phillies to a sweep of a Shibe Park doubleheader vs. the Chicago Cubs before 32,726. The Phillies move into first place and stay there the rest of the season.
July 25, 1980, 1st game: RHP Dick Ruthven throws a Vet-record 12 innings in his complete game, 5-4, win over Atlanta. 3B Mike Schmidt hits his 260th home run to break Del Ennis’ club record.
Alumni News, Notes and Photos
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Every win is vital, but perhaps none as important as Monday night. Trailing, 6-3, the Phillies scored four times to get the monkey off their back. Two walk-off wins in a row has to get the juices going.
Going into the game they were 0-42 when trailing after eight innings. The rally was reminiscent of the Phillies of the past years when they came from behind to pile up wins. They still have a huge mountain to climb.
Chase and Ryan went deep and that’s another good sign. Now, we got to get Cliff rolling.
Joe Savery was the winner and he got a monkey off his back. Of his 18 appearances in the majors this season, last night was the first time he pitched in a win.
With the trade deadline next week, a flock of scouts were at the game. Twenty have asked for tickets for tonight. Sitting next to each other in the scout section Monday night were Pat Burrell (Giants) and Jim Fregosi (Braves).
Down On The Farm
Lehigh Valley lost its fourth in a row, 14-9, to Columbus. SS Andres Blanco hit his seventh home run, a grand slam.
Reading dropped a 7-1 decision to Altoona. 1B Darin Ruf, 17th homer, 62nd RBI.
Clearwater edged Dunedin, 2-1. LHS Austin Wright (9-4), 1 run, 7 innings. 1B Jim Murphy, 12th homer, 62nd RBI.
Lakewood lost, 5-4, in 10 innings at Hagerstown to fall out of first place. RF Aaron Altherr, 7th homer; 3B Maikel Franco, 10th home run.
Williamsport bowed to Mahoning Valley, 3-1.
Gulf Coast League Phillies were rained out at Lakeland (Tigers).
July 24,1995: Phillies drop an 11-3 decision to the Colorado Rockies, despite RHP Omar Olivares’ pinch-home run, first by a Phillies pitcher since Schoolboy Rowe in 1943.
July 24, 1998: Phillies sweep a doubleheader against Florida, winning both games in the 12th inning (6-4 and 7-6). Mark Parent catches all 24 innings.
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Plenty happened over the weekend at Citizens Bank Park. Shane got his 1,000th hit, Cole and Matt Cain matched pitches and each homered against the other in the same inning and most importantly, the Phillies salvaged a win on Sunday.
J-Roll came through Sunday with a walk-off single. It is the fourth time they have won in that style. They’ve witnessed 10 the other way. It was the Phillies first win at home since June 26. On Saturdays and Sundays, the Phillies are now 9-24. If they played .500 ball on those two days, their mountain wouldn’t be that high.
Chooch walked to start the 12th and scored the winning run. The day before Papelbon walked the first hitter in his second inning and it led to the winning run.
Credit solid pitching for Sunday’s win. Joe-B and the bullpen did the job. When Joe-B pitches 7 or more innings, his ERA is 2.34. KK was outstanding at the other end and extended his scoreless innings streak to 18.2 innings, longest dry spell for the Phillies this season and longest current streak in the majors.
While eight of the Phillies 11 runs over the weekend came via home runs, the Scott Franzke hasn’t called a Daily News home run payoff winner since June 14.
So, after 96 games, the Phillies finally get to see the Brewers. Yep, Milwaukee is still in the NL and a three-game series starts tonight. Then, the Phillies will play four in Milwaukee next month.
Down On The Farm (weekend edition)
Lehigh Valley was swept by visiting Columbus and dropped out of first place for the first time this month. LF Domonic Brown left Sunday’s game after 3 at-bats, apparently aggravating his achy right knee trying to make a diving catch.
Reading led 11-6 after 8 on Sunday and appeared to be headed for a 3-game sweep at Trenton when the Thunder scored 5 in the 9th before winning, 13-12 in 12. RHR Tyler Knigge gave up a game-tying home run, the first homer he allowed this season, 39 games, 49 innings. RHS Jonathan Pettibone (8-7) and RHS Austin Hyatt (4-3) picked up the wins.
Clearwater split a pair at Port Charlotte before being rained out on Sunday.SS Egdar Duran hit a pair of homers on Saturday; RF Anthony Hewitt, his 11th in same game.
Lakewood remained in a tie for first in the second half by winning 2 of 3 in Hickory. RF Kelly Dugan, 5-9, 5 RBI. RHR Kenny Giles (3-3) picked up Friday’s win with 3 perfect relief innings during which he fanned 7.
Williamsport lost 2 of 3 to State College. LF Larry Greene, 5-11, including 2nd home run. RHP Kevin Brady, 4 innings, 2 hits and RHP Chris Nichols (2-0), 3 innings, 1 hit, combined on a 5-0 shutout in Sunday’s second game.
Gulf Coast League Phillies beat Toronto on Friday and Saturday. 1B William Carmona and RF Andrew Pullin hit back-to-back homers on Saturday. LHP Franklyn Vargas (3-1) tossed 5 scoreless, hitless innings on Saturday.
Alumni News, Notes and Photos
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Phlashback July 23, 1978: LHP Steve Carlton becomes the 78th pitcher to win 200 games with a 13-2 decision over Houston.
Back home. Over the past five division-winning seasons, the Phillies have piled up a ton of wins at Citizens Bank Park. In this season of disbelief, the table has been turned. As they head into a weekend series with the Giants, the Phillies are 17-27 at home, fewest wins in the NL. That trend needs to be reversed if the Phillies are going to make a run at the playoffs.
The first-place Giants, on the other hand, are very tough at AT&T Park, 29-16. The Dodgers and Pirates have also won 29 home games, most in the NL.
How do the Phillies and Giants stack up?
Runs scored, 392-367, edge Phillies Hits, 841-813, edge Phillies Home runs, 88-55, edge Phillies Stolen bases, 72-66, edge SF Average, .261-261, even
ERA, 3.49-4.17, edge SF BAA, .240-.259, edge SF Saves, 33-21, edge SF Shutouts, 11-4, edge SF Fewest homers allowed, 77-103, edge SF
Fewest errors, 56-73, edge Phillies
Teams met in a three-game series in SF back in April. Giants won last two. Each team scored seven total runs.
Trade Deadline If you are a baseball fan, you are aware that the trading deadline is 11 days away. Rumors are everywhere and will only increase as we get closer to July 31.
Baseball’s rumor mill far out-distances any other sport. It’s no contest.
Each home team supplies tickets behind home plate for visiting scouts. Those seats will be filled for the next 11 days.
Ruben has a conference call every Wednesday with his staff and his scouts. Would love to be a fly on the wall, unless Ruben has a fly-swatter.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley coasted at Durham, 10-1. 2B Kevin Fransden, 4 hits, including 32nd-33rd doubles; DH Hector Luna, 4 hits, including 4th home run; LF Domonic Brown, 5th homer.
**Reading was shutout for the third straight game, this time, 1-0, at Trenton. Phillies haven’t scored in 29 innings. LHS Mario Hollands (2-4) allowed the 1 run in 7.2 innings.
**Clearwater lost, 2-1, at Port Charlotte. RF Anthony Hewitt, 3 hits, 12th steal. Loser was Brody Colvin (5-5), 2 runs, 7 innings, 2 walks, 6 strikeouts.
**Lakewood dropped a 5-1 decision at Hickory, dropping their road record to 12-31.
**Williamsport lost, 7-4, at State College. 1B Chris Serritella, 2 hits including 5th homer; drove in 3 runs, boosting club-high total to 22. Leads club with .317 average.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies were defeated by the Pirates, 2-1. C Willians Astudillo, 2 hits, lone RBI.
Now batting third for the Phillies, right fielder, Casey Stengel. Yep, Casey played one and a-half seasons with the Phillies.
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Two of out three is a must as the Phillies climb a steep mountain the rest of the way. Yet, settling for two of three is shallow when you have a chance to sweep, something the Phillies haven’t done this year. Yep, no three-game sweeps so far.
A Cliff-Kershaw pitching duel loomed and was exactly that. Cliff was outstanding, 89-pitches, two hits over eight innings.
One out away from that sweep, a bloop and two infield singles score two to tie in the last of the ninth. Perhaps the baseball gods were getting even for the Phillies two runs in the top that inning, three walks and Hunter’s two-run single.
So, a seven-game winning streak in Dodger Stadium goes out the window in extra innings. Phillies have eight, extra-inning walk-off losses, tough to take.
Today is a day off before the pitching-tough, first-place Giants come to town for three this weekend.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost by 2 runs for the second straight night in Durham, 6-4. LF Domonic Brown, 2-4, 11th double, RBI. 5-9 since returning to the lineup on Tuesday. RHR Justin DeFratus, AAA debut for this season, 2 strikeouts, 1 inning.
**Reading, after pounding out 15 hits in an 11-2 romp on Monday, was shut out for the second straight game, 12-0, at Portland. Scoreless streak is now 20 innings. RHS Trevor May (7-7) walked 8 in 5 innings. Tied for second in the league in walks (56) and the leader in strikeouts (101).
**Clearwater’s game was suspended by rain, 3-3, after 5.5 innings.
**Lakewood was idle.
**Williamsport lost, 7-5, at Auburn. SS Roman Quinn, 6th triple, 2 RBI.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies split a pair vs. Pirates, 6-3 L, 3-2 W. 1B William Carmona, 5-8 in the DH. OF Andrew Pullin, 4-7.
Alumni News, Notes and Photos
Good to see Doc back on the mound again. Other than four straight hits in a two-run second inning, his outing was encouraging.
Hunter’s clutch, two-out single in the eighth gave the Phillies another one-run win and series win. Now, Cliff goes for a sweep this afternoon.
Believe It Or Not
**Phillies had only five hits and two resulted in outs on the bases.
**Going into the game, the Phillies were 0-38 when trailing after seven innings.
**They are now 6-36 when scoring three or fewer runs. They led the majors a year ago with a 30-47 record.
**Without Doc, the Phillies were 15-27, second worst record in the majors.
**Phillies have a combined five wins from Doc and Cliff and it is July 18.
Down On The Farm
**Lehigh Valley lost, 8-6, at Durham. LF Domonic Brown, 3-5. RHS Scott Elarton (5-8) was the loser.
**Reading was blanked, 7-0, at Portland, who stole 6 bases. Reading was held to 4 singles and a double. RHS Julio Rodriguez (5-4) took the loss.
**Clearwater won 5th in last 6, 2-0, over Bradenton behind LHS Austin Wright (8-4), 2 hits, 6 innings, 7 strikeouts; RHR Chris Kissock and RHR Michael Nesseth, 2nd save. RF Anthony Hewitt hit his 10th homer.
**Lakewood was defeated by Savannah for the second straight night, this time, 10-2.
**Williamsport edged Auburn, 6-5, in 11 innings on RF Brian Pointer’s game-winning triple. SS Roman Quinn, 3-5, 3 runs, 5th triple, 12th steal. RH Chris Nichols won his first pro game, 3 innings, 0 runs.
**Gulf Coast League Phillies won, 4-2, at Tampa vs. the Yankees. RF Dylan Cozens, 1-3, 8th double, 14th RBI. RHR Felix Santos (3-1) won, 3 strikeouts, 2 innings.
July 18, 1983: For the second time since becoming GM, Paul Owens goes from the front office to manage the Phillies. This time he replaces Pat Corrales with the Phillies (43-43) ½- game behind division-leading St. Louis.
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